Four seed Washington State beat one seed SMU 75-63 in Dallas, meaning BYU will host the Cougars in Crimson Wednesday night in the Marriott Center. The game will be at 7:00 MT on ESPN2.
Washington State is 21-14 on the season and coming off double-digit wins over SMU and Santa Clara. KenPom currently gives BYU a 62% chance to win and predicts a 73-69 score in favor of BYU.
Wazzu jumped out to a 39-20 halftime lead over SMU behind 13 offensive boards. The Cougars have a long, athletic front line and start a 6-11 Center and 6-10 forward. SMU’s tallest starter is 6-5 and was overwhelmed by Wazzu’s size.
BYU will need guys like Caleb Lohner, Fousseyni Traore, and Gideon George to be strong on the boards. Washington State doesn’t shoot a great percentage from the field, but they are one of the better offensive rebounding teams in the country and manufacture a lot of second chance points.
BYU’s offense is coming off two games of scoring 90+ points and getting great play from Caleb Lohner and Gideon George. If those guys continue to play well I think BYU will come out on top at home.